Professor Jane Winters

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Professor Jane Winters
Professor of Digital History and Head of Publications
Institute of Historical Research
Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU
020 7862 8789
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Digital resources, Digitisation, Medieval History
Summary of research interests and expertise:

Digital history, peer review in the digital environment, text editing, the use of social media in an academic context, open access, big data, and web archives.

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
17-Dec-2014 Frontiers in Digital Humanities: Digital History

 Associate Editor

01-Jun-2014 Historical Research for Higher Degrees in the UK and Republic of Ireland, 75.1: Theses Completed 2013

Co-editor. London: Institute of Historical Research

01-Jun-2014 Historical Research for Higher Degrees in the UK and Republic of Ireland, 73.2: Theses in Progress 2014

Co-editor. London: Institute of Historical Research

06-Mar-2014 Review - Historical Drama: Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies


01-Mar-2014 Teachers of History in the Universities of the UK and the Republic of Ireland

Co-Editor. London: Institute of Historical Research

01-Jan-2012 Connected Histories: Building Sources for British History, 1500-1900

Journal articles

ALISS Quarterly (Association of Librarians and Information Professionals in the Social Sciences), 7 (April 2012)

01-Jan-2011 Connected Histories: a new web search tool for British Historians

with Tim Hitchcock and Robert Shoemaker ('History', 96 (July 2011), 354-6).

01-Jan-2010 The British History Online digital library: a model for sustainability?

with Jonathan Blaney. Bulletin of the Belgian Royal Historical Commission, 176 (2010), 95-106

01-Jun-2009 The Creighton Century, 1907-2007

ed. with David Bates and Jennifer Wallis

01-Jan-2006 Peer review and evaluation of digital resources for the arts and humanities

Historical Research

Executive Editor

Publications available on SAS-space

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

Analytical Access to the Domain Dark Archive (AADDA)

Bibliography of British and Irish History

Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities

Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities is a collaboration between the British Library, the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, the Oxford Internet Institute and Aarhus University. It is one of 21 big data projects funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of its Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities theme.

British History Online

Connected Histories

Digging into Linked Parliamentary Data (DILIPAD)

Parliamentary proceedings reflect our history from centuries ago to the present day. They exist in a common format that has survived the test of time, and reflect any event of significance (through times of war and peace, of economic crisis and prosperity). With carefully curated proceedings becoming available in digital form in many countries, new research opportunities arise to analyse this data, on an unprecedented longitudinal scale, and across different nations, cultures and systems of political representation. Focusing on the UK, Canada and The Netherlands, this project will deliver a common format for encoding parliamentary proceedings (with an initial focus on 1800 to yesterday); a joint dataset covering all three jurisdictions; a workbench with a range of tools for the comparative, longitudinal study of parliamentary data; and substantive case studies focusing on migration, left/right ideological polarization and parliamentary language. Comparative analysis of this kind, and the tools to support it, will inform a new approach to the history of parliamentary communication and discourse, and address new research questions. The project is a collaboration between the University of Amsterdam, the History of Parliament Trust, the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, King’s College London, and the University of Toronto. It is funded as part of the Digging into Data Challenge 3.

Early English Laws

Linking Parliamentary Records through Metatdata (LIPARM)

Making History

Social Media Knowledge Exchange

Traces through Time: Prosopography in Practice across Big Data

Traces through Time is a collaboration between The National Archives of the UK, the Institute of Historical Research, the University of Brighton and the University of Brighton. It is one of 21 big data projects funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of its Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities theme.

What is Scholarly Editing?

Current PhD topics supervised:

Dates Details
Shengyen Lu: Women in court - the legal status and property rights of heiresses and widows in thirteenth-century England

The thesis is focused on women in court, and specifically heiresses and widows in thirteenth-century England. It focuses on how the legal status and property rights of heiresses and widows developed from the twelfth to the thirteenth century; in other words, how did the law relating to women’s property develop in England? Common law, known as case law, is based on precedents and does not have a fixed form; any case may become precedent and thus legally binding. However, what happened in court was far more complex than following precedents. A case might be affected by a new statute, by legal practitioners’ claims or by changing customs. Therefore, this research will emphasise women’s inheritance and property, including maritagium, hereditas and dos. How were these cases presented by practitioners and how did this affect the development of women’s property?

Available for doctoral supervision: Yes

Professional Affiliations

Professional affiliations:

Name Activity
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Member of the AHRC Peer Review College


Name Type Activity Start date End date
Research Infrastructure for the Study of Archived Web Materials
Member of the UK Medical Heritage Library Content Advisory Group
Member of the Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee, Open Library of Humanities
Member of the the Advisory Board of the Academic Book of the Future project
Relevant Events

Related events:

Date Details
27-Jun-2014 'Applying new digital methods to the humanities', British Library, 27 June 2014

 Presentation on 'Big data and arts and humanities research'.

13-Sep-2013 ‘Early modern texts: digital methods and methodologies’, EEBO-TCP conference, 12–13 Sept. 2013, Oxford

 Keynote on 'The evolution of historical research in the digital age'.

23-Nov-2012 ‘Editing fundamentals: historical and literary paradigms in source editing', 22–24 November 2012, Amsterdam

 Panel session presentation on 'Editing the Early English Laws'

24-Aug-2012 Spaces, Languages, Time: the 15th International Conference on the History of Concepts

Paper on 'The challenges of "big data" for historical research: from Connected Histories to the UK Web Archive', Helsinki, 24 August 2012.

04-Apr-2011 ‘Envisioning Records of Early English Drama (REED) in the digital age', University of Toronto, 4–5 April 2011

21-Jan-2011 Scholarly communication in the digital age, Munich, 21 January 2011

Plenary lecture on 'Peer review in the digital age'.

Consultancy & Media
Available for consultancy:
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